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Star Trek Review

The latest installment of the Star Trek franchise is hands down the best Star Trek movie in a long time.

The latest installment of the Star Trek franchise is hands down the best Star Trek movie in a long time.

I wouldn’t call myself a Trekkie only because I am not a big fan of the original Star Trek series. When I was a kid, I used to love shows like Lost in Space and Battlestar Galactica, however I used to watch those in Spanish. I think I liked those shows better because they were geared to children, unlike the original Star Trek series that was more intellectual and thought provoking. As a grown up, I still can’t bring myself to watch the original series. I will admit, I am a bit prejudice against low quality production. I cannot bear to watch such bad acting, poorly made sets designs, props and visual effects. Perhaps someday I can get over that silly faux pas and I’ll be able to enjoy the original series. However, in the mean time I’ll continue to enjoy the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine series on syndication.

When it comes to the Star Trek movies, I’ve only seen each one with the exception of The Voyage Home, just once. I always look forward to see a Star Trek movie, however I always end up disappointed in some way. I was not impressed with the First movie at all, the second movie was just okay (I know a lot of you really liked it, I just thought it was okay), I don’t even remember the third very well, the fourth movie however, was different, it was a fun flick. The forth movie was more like an episode of Star Trek than a movie. I still enjoy watching it from time to time.

With the exception of The Undiscovered Country, the rest of the Star Trek films were pretty much junk. I resent the fact that I paid good money at the time and wasted precious time to see those films. The Generations films were a joke and I think they should really be ashamed of themselves for putting out such crap. The producers of these films didn’t care about the genre they just wanted to cash in because they knew that just because it had the label Star Trek on it, they would make money. I find that appalling.

When Star Trek came out this year, I was very skeptical. In fact I had no interest in seeing the movie. I was curious though, but I was tired of being taken for a little boring ride. I wasn’t going to fall for that again. I am an adult now and I can make my own decisions, no one will tell me what to do especially studio executive. So of course I went to go see the movie, like the sap that I am. I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe I had some glimmer of hope that perhaps this movie would be different. I was curious of how good of a job J.J. Abrams would do. After all I really enjoyed Alias, till it got weird. And a lot of people really enjoyed Lost so, yes, I had hopes. And so I went to see the movie.

So how was it? Well, lets put it this way. This wasn’t Star Trek, it was better! I was hooked during the first 15 minutes of the film if the rest of the movie was awful, the first 15 minutes made up for it. The movie was like a great roller coaster ride that you just want to get back on immediately after you’re done and you want to ride over and over again. This movie is everything I would ever think of Star Trek and more. They took out all the annoying features of the show and put them through a shredder. Then they took all the good stuff and made it even better. They even used that old tired time travel crap that I am so sick of in a way that I thought made realistic sense. I loved how not everything went as planned, how little things like materializing in the wrong or in an unexpected place really enhanced the feel of the movie. It made it more real!

I also loved the acting in the film. I haven’t been really impressed by that from the past few films. And I was really nervous that the actors weren’t going to give the characters justice. I was wrong. They all did a great job and some of them I thought were even better than the originals. I know some of you may disagree with that, but at least we can agree that they did a good job and if they had been the originals, perhaps you would’ve learned to like them just as much.

There is very little of this movie I didn’t like. There were a couple of scenes’ that were perhaps a little too much. I didn’t really care for the Sulu’s folding saber (it reminded me of an old carpenter’s folding ruler remember those?), I thought it was a little out there and not very realistic. I also was disappointed that the Enterprise’s bridge did not get much screen time. The bridge in my opinion is like another character. I thought they built such a great looking bridge, but they didn’t really show it off much. And even though they did a good job with the time traveling, I must say, I am a little tired of the subject. I think they have done that to death. For something that isn’t very likely, they sure over use it and over use it. Star Trek treats time travel as easy as going to the Moon. I’m bored of it. But at least, this time it wasn’t intentional time travel, it was a result of an accident. I am willing to accept that.

In conclusion, Star Trek is a great movie. Whether you are a trekkie or not, this film has element for both the fan and the occasional viewer and since this movie is somewhat of a prequel, you don’t even need to have seen any of the series. I really liked this movie a lot and I would definitely watch it again and I recommend it to anyone.

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